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I love my job, I get to do some amazing things with some amazing people. Recently I sat down with some fellow bloggers and has a sit down Q&A with the Frozen filmmakers Director, Chris Buck and Producers, Jennifer Lee and Peter Del Vecho. Not many people have the chance to interview Oscar winners… Well I have been blessed to have interviewed four. That is just amazing! I was very fortunate to interview these three talented Frozen filmmakers, and last year I was able to do a great Gwyneth Paltrow interview. When we interviewed the filmmakers they were not yet Oscar winners, but I knew it was only a matter of time until they were, and I was right.
As most of you movie buffs out there know, Frozen won the Oscar for Best Original Song and Best Animated Feature. The same day they won the Oscar, the movie Frozen crossed the $1 Billion mark at the global box office, a magnificent feat! The three filmmakers were so sweet and personable, they really we nice and made us all feel comfortable chatting with them like old friends. Here is a sampling of the great Q&A session we had together:
Q: Why was this style of animation chosen?Chris Buck: "I first pitched the film a little over five years ago, about five and a half, But then there was a little time off where I went and did other things for about a year. It switched when it got put on the shelf, and then when it came back off, it became more CG, Mulling it over, I'd grown up on hand-drawn, and then thinking a world of ice and snow what they can do with CG now is so incredible, that, for me anyway, made me want to go over to that world to see what we could do. The great thing about this studio, more than most, is that our legacy is hand-drawn, and we still have some of the best hand-drawn animators in the world, here. They helped work on our movie by doing early character design, and doing hand-drawn effects…..So it has that feeling of classic hand-drawn, but it's CG.… For us this was the best of both worlds."
Q: There are some demo songs on the soundtrack that didn’t make it into the film, what would have happened to the direction of the film if the songs were added?
A: Chris Buck: “We were going down the direction of Elsa being a villain and Anna was more about needing everything to be perfect in her life. And those things are good on their own but didn’t seem to all add up especially for Elsa, we really wanted to feel for Elsa.”
A: Jennifer Lee: “It’s really tough because no matter what you do you end up with a story about good versus evil and we really wanted to do something different. This film is about love versus fear, we had never done that story.”
Jennifer Lee, went on to discuss a song Christoff was to sing to profess his love for Anna… but it told too much, too early in the film and gave too much away. So even though they loved the song, it had to be cut from the film.
A: Chris Buck "During the holidays, Jen was in New York and I was here, but we'd both been to screenings toward the end of the holidays beginning of January and people were starting to sing, on their own,"
A: Jennifer Lee "It like with the kids, once they start singing, you can't stop."A: Peter Del Vecho. "Originally, it was supposed to be 200 theaters, primarily in the New York, Chicago and L.A. areas," But the theater owners would say… 'if you're doing it there, we want it here,' and it grew to over 2,000 theaters, and now they're talking about International versions. Again, it was the demand from the audience that made it bigger than we could've ever imagined."
Q: How did Disney come about casting of Broadway star Idina Menzel as Elsa?
A: Peter Del Vecho: “We'd been going to New York for auditions, and it was funny when she came in to do a vocal audition, because we knew her singing voice, and we weren't expecting her to sing. She says, 'No, no, I can audition,' and she sang 'Tomorrow' from ANNIE. It was a GREAT version of the song. She kind of changed it up a little."
A: Jennifer Lee, “There were quite a few scenes that were cut, but they were still in the drawing stage, they did not make it to animation yet…….
They make sure that the scenes are set before they get to the animation process, because the animation process is difficult and costly, they do not like to cut anything from the animated finished scenes.
Look they are standing in the same order as they sat for the interview, on stage at the Oscars!
I would like to congratulate the great filmmakers on the Oscar win. Sadly I forgot to ask them if they wanted to build a snowman..? They could have just visited my home town, it was covered with over a foot of snow at the time. It was so great of these folks to take the time out of their busy day to talk to us, and give us some great backstage information about the instant classic Disney movie Frozen. We are such big fans and I was humbled to be able to be in the presence of these amazing filmmakers.
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FROZEN is still playing in theatres everywhere!
Disney's Frozen releases on Digital HD February 25th and Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD & On-Demand March 18th!
You can purchase Frozen on BluRay on 3/18/14 in stores, but you can pre-purchase on Amazon today!
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